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Data Scientist Talent for Toronto's Financial Services Sector

Document | Monday, August 31, 2015

Employers in financial services are seeking individuals with the talent to analyze data in new and sophisticated ways. These individuals are often thought of as the next generation of “business analyst” or “data analyst” and they typically blend capabilities rooted in computer science, statistics and modeling, math, and a substantive domain such as a social or natural science. This report outlines the knowledge, skills, and abilities required, suggests where financial services employers might be able to find such talent and explores the challenges of retaining these individuals given the highly competitive market for this talent group.

Helping students with the transition from Education to Employment - AIESEC Canada case study

Document | Friday, July 24, 2015

Businesses must be able to recruit and retain talented professionals in order to succeed in their increasingly competitive environments. Research indicates, however, that employers are having difficulty finding individuals with the skills they require to support their operations. Yet, job seekers, and in particular youth, are experiencing difficulty finding employment. This case study highlights the Centre of Excellence in Financial Services Education (CoE)’s collaboration with AIESEC, a student-led organization established to assist graduates with their transition to the world of work. This is an exciting example of how young people can be engaged and moved to ‘OWN’ its career experience in a sector. It outlines the initiative of youth leaders to identify options for raising awareness of careers in the financial services sector amongst the student and recent graduate population, and how the CoE responded to AIESEC’s proposed solutions.

Talent Opportunities in Insurance: Strengthening the Insurance Sector Workforce

Document | Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Toronto-area employers in the insurance industry are encountering shortfalls of experienced talent in four key occupations: actuary, underwriter, claims adjuster/adjudicator, and data scientist/analyst. This report presents research-based findings and recommendations for closing the experienced talent gaps by exploring alternative sources for experienced talent. A sizeable list of “equivalent” occupations has been identified, along with recommended solutions to help close the experienced talent gaps. By looking at “equivalencies” across sectors, the resulting more holistic view of talent available in labour markets will make future workforce strategies more effective.

Financial Services Ecosystem in the Toronto Region: A Comprehensive View of the Structure of the Workforce

Document | Friday, February 13, 2015

The Centre of Excellence in Financial Services Education (CoE) launched the first-ever workforce size and mobility survey across financial institutions in the Toronto region. One report emanating from this research is The Financial Services Workforce Ecosystem in the Toronto Region. This report presents the business clusters of the ecosystem in great detail.

Opportunities in Insurance: Business and Talent Profile of Toronto's Insurance Industry

Document | Monday, February 2, 2015

This study is a follow-up to a Pilot Workforce Survey completed earlier in 2013. That study identified insurance as an area of growth and the likelihood of talent shortages within the insurance industry.

Mowat Centre Report: Brokering Success - Improving skilled immigrant employment outcomes through strengthened government-employer engagement

Document | Friday, December 12, 2014

Poor employment outcomes for skilled immigrants have long been a problem in Canada. Many government initiatives exist to support skilled immigrants, and the majority have focused on helping immigrants become “job ready” through programs such as language or bridge training. Increasingly, governments are exploring initiatives that focus on employers—“demand-led” employment supports—rather than those solely focused on job seekers’ skills and abilities. This paper asks which strategies and levers are used by all three levels of government in Canada to engage with employers to fill their talent needs and improve employment and economic outcomes of skilled immigrants and how these strategies can be improved.

Structure of a Large Financial Organization

Document | Friday, October 17, 2014

This sample organizational chart illustrates how major financial services institutions in Toronto are typically structured, and provides a visual overview of where the in-demand roles fit in the overall context of the organization.

Discover a Wealth of IT Careers... in Toronto’s Financial Services Sector

Document | Friday, January 25, 2013

Today’s smartphone, they say, has more computing power than the entire NASA moon landing mission. Consider for a moment the implications of that. In our hands, we hold incredibly sophisticated computers linked to billions of other sophisticated computers no matter where we are, creating, storing and analyzing infinite amounts of data with our personal devices or in the cloud.

The CoE’s Final Report to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU): Report covers the period February 2007 – March 2012

Document | Friday, August 24, 2012

This is the final project report to details the CoE’s operations, services, milestones, deliverables and recommendations for future activities pertaining to strengthening the talent advantage of the Toronto region’s financial services sector.

World Economic Forum Report: Talent Mobility Good Practices: Collaboration at the Core of Driving Economic Growth

Document | Friday, August 24, 2012

This report presents a case study that summarizes the multi-stakeholder practices used by the Centre of Excellence in Financial Services Education (CoE) in its approach to talent mobility for the Toronto region’s financial services sector.

Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) and Centre of Excellence Report: Talent-Innovation-Investment: ICT in Toronto’s Financial Services Sector

Document | Friday, August 24, 2012

This report, based on a study of the labour market trends of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) occupations within the financial services sector of the Toronto Region, investigates the ICT human resource needs of the sector and explores the ICT talent advantages and opportunities in the sector.

Munk School of Global Affairs (Dr. David Wolfe, et al): Innovation and Knowledge Flows in the Financial Services and ICT Sectors of the Toronto Region

Document | Friday, August 24, 2012

This report presents the key findings of a study of innovation processes within the financial services sector of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). It examines the flows of knowledge and technology between the information and communications technology sector and financial services within the GTA and how those flows contribute to the innovation process.

CoE-MTCU-Deloitte Case Study: A multi-stakeholder approach to strengthening the talent pipeline for a sector: the right skills for the right job at the right time

Document | Friday, August 24, 2012

This report summarizes the CoE’s approach to engaging multiple stakeholders in growing the talent pipeline for the financial services sector of the Toronto region.

2012 Education Profile Report

Document | Friday, August 24, 2012

This report profiles educational institutions in the Toronto Region with programs of relevance to the financial services sector. This document offers a single point of reference for human capital planners in financial services organizations in the Toronto Region.

2012 Talent Profile Chartbook

Document | Friday, August 24, 2012

This report provides important facts and statistics on the strength of the Toronto Region’s financial services sector talent advantage. Among the insights provided are strength of the sector’s employment numbers and the main clusters of employment within the sector.

The New Hires Research

Document | Friday, April 20, 2012

Highlights Report provides an overview of the CoE’s work to better understand the experience of New Hires’ entry into the financial services sector. The qualitative research looks at New Hires’ and Employers’ satisfaction with the preparation for work provided by post-secondary education programs and New Hires’ satisfaction with employer’s on-boarding programs.

The Job Profiles Research

Document | Friday, April 20, 2012

Highlights Report presents an overview of the process and key findings of the Centre of Excellence’s work to develop job profiles for the in-demand careers in the Toronto region’s financial services sector. It highlights the key roles and the competencies, education, experience and career paths related to these positions. Explore how your experience and interests may align with these career paths.

TFSA-CoE Case Study Excerpt from World Economic Forum Report

Document | Monday, February 13, 2012

The collaborative approach adopted by the TFSA-CoE to deal with issues of talent mobility in the financial services sector of the Toronto region is one of five in-depth case studies highlighted the ‘Talent Mobility Good Practices: Collaboration at the Core of Driving Economic Growth’ report published by the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Mercer.

Toronto Financial Services Alliance’s good practices in talent mobility to be featured at World Economic Forum in Davos

Article | Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Toronto Financial Services Alliance’s good practices in talent mobility to be featured at World Economic Forum in Davos

World Economic Forum Report: Talent Mobility Good Practices Collaboration at the Core of Driving Economic Growth

Document | Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Talent Mobility Good Practices Collaboration at the Core of Driving Economic Growth

Savvy business students get out of the classroom - The Globe and Mail

Article | Thursday, November 3, 2011

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New Hires Research

Document | Tuesday, November 1, 2011

This New Hires Research report provides an overview of the CoE’s work to better understand the experience of New Hires’ entry into the financial services sector. The qualitative research looks at New Hires’ and Employers’ satisfaction with the preparation for work provided by post-secondary education programs and New Hires’ satisfaction with employer’s on-boarding programs.

Key Trends in Human Capital Development - Victoria Hubbell, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan

Article | Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Executive Speaker Series session on Key Trends in Human Capital Development was held Thursday, June 16, 2011 at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre. The workshop was delivered by Victoria Hubbell, Senior Vice-President, Strategy & Stakeholder Relations, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) and Warren Bell, Executive Vice-President & Chief Human Resources Officer, OMERS.

Key Trends in Human Capital Development - Warren Bell, OMERS

Article | Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Executive Speaker Series session on Key Trends in Human Capital Development was held Thursday, June 16, 2011 at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre. The workshop was delivered by Victoria Hubbell, Senior Vice-President, Strategy & Stakeholder Relations, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) and Warren Bell, Executive Vice-President & Chief Human Resources Officer, OMERS.

Talent Speaks: Toronto Financial Services Sector Newsletter

Document | Sunday, May 15, 2011

Students, Graduates and Career Shifters want more information about career options in the financial services sector, including guidance on how their unique interests, educational and experience backgrounds may fit in the industry. They also want more networking opportunities, to hear directly from industry practitioners about their roles and career paths.

Canada's Soft Skills Challenge – a presentation by Craig Alexander – Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, TD Bank Financial Group

Article | Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The TFSA-CoE’s inaugural presentation in its Executive Speakers Series was delivered on April 19, 2011 at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre in Toronto. This document provides a summary of the keynote delivered by Craig Alexander, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, TD Bank Financial Group.

Toronto Listed Among Top 10 Global Financial Centres for First Time

Article | Monday, March 21, 2011

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Explore Financial Services

Article | Friday, March 4, 2011

Learn about exciting careers in the financial services sector (Career Options Magazine, Winter/Spring 2011 issue, Page 47).

College Enrolment Increased Nearly Six Per Cent This Year

Article | Friday, December 31, 2010

Colleges Ontario reports that enrolment at Ontario’s colleges continued to rise in 2010 with a 5.9 per cent increase over the previous year. Fall 2010 enrolment figures show more than 210,000 full-time students enrolled in Ontario college programs, up from about 198,000 students in 2009.

Toronto Region Financial Services Sector - Overview for Career Shifters

Document | Thursday, December 30, 2010

Financial services is a leading, diverse and dynamic sector with an infinite number of options for experienced professionals. Whatever your interest or background, a career in financial services will provide further opportunities to grow, learn and succeed.

Toronto Region Financial Services Sector - Overview for Students

Document | Thursday, December 30, 2010

Did you know that the financial services sector in the Toronto region employs over 230,000 people, the highest concentration of direct financial services employment in Canada? This brochure provides students with information about exciting careers in the diverse, fast-paced financial services sector.

Talent Profile Report

Article | Thursday, December 30, 2010

An initial profile of the Toronto Region’s Financial Services Sector Talent. Pulled together from a variety of currently available sources, it provides a single point of reference for Human Capital planners in the Toronto Region Financial Services organizations, for students interested in possible careers in the sector, and for Canadian and Foreign Financial Services organizations interested in setting up or expanding operations in the Toronto Region.

Education Profile Report

Article | Wednesday, December 29, 2010

An initial profile of the Toronto Region’s Financial Services Sector Education. Pulled together from a variety of currently available sources, it provides a single point of reference for Human Capital planners in the Toronto Region Financial Services organizations, for students interested in possible careers in the sector, and for Canadian and Foreign Financial Services organizations interested in setting up or expanding operations in the Toronto Region.